Police and Crime Commissioners are there to help keep people safe.
Our Police and Crime Commissioners come from all walks of life, with different backgrounds and different experiences.
The Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner is the link between our community and the police. As the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner, it is Anthony Stansfeld's job is to support victims of crime, help to set strategy for local policing, take difficult decisions and identify problems. It’s a big job, but can make a real difference to the lives of people in our area. That means working with police and communities – listening to their concerns and taking action to deal with them.
Below you can find out more about our Police and Crime Commissioner, Anthony Stansfeld.
Anthony was elected as Police and Crime Commissioner on 16th November 2012.
He was born in Newbury, and West Berks has been his home all his life. He is currently a member of West Berks Council, and was a member of the Thames Valley Police Authority for several years taking over as Chairman of the Performance Committee in 2011.
He has had a career in both the military and in industry. He enlisted in the Army at 17 and joined the Royal Green Jackets where he saw active service in Borneo and Northern Ireland. He learnt to fly helicopters at Middle Wallop and commanded various Army Air Corps Squadrons, including the Army helicopters in the Falkland Islands in the latter half of 1982.
He spent 2 years as Chief of Staff Intelligence in the Far East. On leaving the Army he was Marketing Director, and then, for 6 years, Managing Director of the aircraft company Pilatus Britten Norman, which had aircraft in over 100 countries. At the same time, he commanded the Army reserve helicopters as a TA officer.
While in the Army he spent 4 months carrying out the reconnaissance for the crossing of the Darien Gap in Panama and Columbia, and led the first stage of Operation Raleigh, taking young people through the jungles of Honduras and Belize. He was, for 8 years, a trustee of the Thames Valley Air Ambulance.
He has an MSc and studied international terrorism and global security in depth at university.